Hauser & Wirth is honoured to announce its exclusive worldwide representation of the Arshile Gorky Estate. The story of Arshile Gorky (1904 – 1948) is that of the quintessential American artist seeking to forge a new identity divorced from his Old World roots. Through constant cycles of radical reinvention, his quest yielded a personal approach to painting that established Gorky as ‘the father of Abstract Expressionism’ and thereby a seminal figure in the evolution of modern art. With its emphasis upon the autonomous expressive potential of line, form, and colour, his revolutionary work profoundly impacted scores of fellow artists, including Willem De Kooning, David Smith, and Mark Rothko, and was championed by André Breton and Roberto Matta. Representing the artist’s Estate, Hauser & Wirth will further explore his legacy and enduring influence through new exhibitions and publications, and by commissioning original research and scholarship.
Hauser & Wirth will present its first exhibition of Gorky’s work in New York in 2017. Curated by Paul Schimmel, this exhibition will travel to the gallery’s space in Los Angeles and will be accompanied by a comprehensive publication focused on Gorky’s expansive oeuvre. The artist’s position as a pivotal post-war figure is currently highlighted by a selection of key works on view in the major exhibition ‘Abstract Expressionism’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, England, until 2 January 2017.
Image: Arshile Gorky in his atelier, Sherman CT, 1948
Photo: Ben Schnall